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From The New Yorker to Shrek: The Art of William Steig

November 4, 2007 - March 16, 2008

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Hailed as the "King of Cartoons," William Steig had a long and acclaimed career as both a brilliant cartoonist and an award-winning, beloved author of children’s literature, including his 1990 picture book Shrek! ("fear" in Yiddish) which has been turned into a series of popular animated films. Born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 14, 1907, to Eastern European Jewish immigrants, Steig grew up in the Bronx and began illustrating for The New Yorker in 1930. His prolific association with the magazine is the longest by far of any of its cartoonists, with over 1,600 drawings as well as over 120 covers published during a period of 73 years. Scheduled for the centennial of the artist’s birth, this exhibition pays tribute to Steig’s incredible creativity by featuring a wide selection of original drawings for both his New Yorker cartoons and his children's books such as Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, Doctor De Soto, Amos & Boris, Brave Irene, Gorky Rises, Dominic, When Everybody Wore a Hat, and of course Shrek! as well as his less known mid-life "symbolic drawings." This in-depth presentation also sheds light on Steig’s life as it relates to his work and will be complemented by a range of public and educational
programs for both adults and children.

William Steig Online Feature


Read The New York Times review.

Listen to Curator Claudia Nahson
discuss the exhibition with Chris
Gondek, Yale Press Podcast #11.

Hear Meryl Streep read
from Spinky Sulks
by William Steig
play the clip | about the book
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Gallery Guide for Families (PDF)
Celebrate Steig in November
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William Steig
Untitled, c. 1980s
Pen and ink and watercolor on paper
10 1/4 - 11 1/8 in. (26 - 28.3 cm)
Collection of the William Steig Estate
© William Steig

From The New Yorker to Shrek: The Art of William Steig is available for travel.


From The New Yorker to Shrek: The Art of William Steig was generously funded by:

Eugene and Emily Grant Family Foundation in honor of Evelyn G. Clyman
Melvin R. Seiden
Goldie and David Blanksteen Foundation
Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts
Winnick Family Foundation

Major support was provided through the Skirball Fund for American Jewish Life Exhibitions and through endowed funds from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

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The Jewish Museum - 5th Avenue
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
New York NY 10128

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